SLIDE SHOW: Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food

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Nai is representative of an older Bangkok. She is, like so many cooks here, the product of a Chinese family that emigrated from Guangdong Province, north of Hong Kong.

Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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A suckling pig being toasted, before being set out to dry, during the day.


Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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A row of pigs drying in the sun.


Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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Nai's son trusses a pig at the restaurant.


Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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Each night this restaurant, lit by the vertical fluorescent tubes that are commonplace at Thai roadside restaurants, fills with large groups of Bangkokians.


Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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People sit at tables spread on the sidewalk, drinking whiskey or beer, staring out at the fire as the cook twirls them over coals that spit and sizzle.

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Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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A pig about to enter the fire.

Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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The pig roaster's simple set-up, as seen from behind.

Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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And later the meat returned, chopped and deep-fried with garlic.


Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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First the skin, which was crisp and paper thin, with just a hint of smoke.

Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.

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And each one of us felt the great privilege of our proximity to good food.

Jarrett Wrisley discovers the joy of


Roast Pig: The Anti-Fast Food


on his first night back in Bangkok after a trip home to the U.S.